Sunday night proved to be a tale of two halves for the Orlando Magic.
Following a very forgettable first half against the Phoenix Suns, Orlando absolutely dismantled the Suns momentum with a staggering 40 point effort in the third quarter.
A comeback effort which the Magic not only continued to defy expectations, but in which head coach Jacque Vaughn may have very well found his go-to lineup moving forward.
A line up which included: E’Twaun Moore, who started in place of Jameer Nelson (groin/ankle), J.J. Redick, Arron Afflalo, Glen Davis and Nikola Vucevic.
Those five accounted for 101 of the teams 115 points, 21 of their 26 assists and were 9 for 10 from deep on the night.
Making that group now account for 177 of the teams 207 points and 32 of their 50 assists over the last two games.
Which in all makes them directly accountable for 74.5% of the teams total offense so far this season.
In other words, this lineup is flat out dangerous on the floor together.
And according to emerging leader Glen Davis there is something special taking place. A kind of emotional edge and investment that lends itself to greatness.
“When it’s pure and it’s genuine, it’s a whole different feeling. And you’ve got to be here to feel it. There are no agendas, there’s no I and it’s a team,” Davis said. “It’s a great feeling when a team comes together for a win. When there’s no I, and it’s us and we’re not fighting against everything else, it’s great. It’s one heartbeat.” (via John Denton, NBA.com)
So while the team heads to Chicago for a less than desirable match up against a tough Bulls defense this Tuesday, there seems to be a little magic in the blue and white this year.